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Faraday launches 'state-of-the-art' structured ASIC

Posted: 10 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Faraday? ASICs? NC Express? structured ASIC? MPCA?

Faraday Technology Corp. recently launched NC Express, said to be the most state-of-the-art device in the company's Composer Structured ASIC product line targeting communication, networking and enterprise applications. The new product is a highly integrated SoC platform that combines the company's Metal Programmable Cell Array (MPCA) Structured ASIC technology with a high-performance low-latency data path architecture.

NC Express can serve as a foundation platform for architecting a cost-effective merchant SoC/ASSP device or system-level ASICs. With 60 percent of the final design already completed using silicon-proven IP blocks, Faraday said NC Express enables complex networking chips to be developed with half the engineering resources, a fraction of the NRE costs, while offering a minimum of 3x faster time to market advantage to SoC design teams. The device reduces IP verification and evaluation time and mitigates physical design and signal integrity risks associated with high-speed I/O integration, while future proofing the device with metal programmability, the company added.

The device includes a number of pre-diffused communication controllers, eight programmable multiprotocol SerDes channels supporting PCIe, GbE, 10GbE/XAUI, SATA/SAS, FC and sRIO date rates (1.25Gbps to 3.125Gbps), a 400/533MHz DDR-2 memory controller with ECC, and a high-speed ARM v4 compatible CPU running Linux O/S with associated peripherals. Additionally, the chip includes 4x GbE MACs, a10GbE/XAUI MAC, and a complete PCI Express controller with associated SerDes PCS layers.

Metal programmable flexibility
The metal programmable flexibility combined with advanced system-level IP integration in NC Express make the device suitable for a variety of SoC designs targeting high-performance, low-cost, and yet power-sensitive applications including various AdvancedMC I/O blades for ATCA and MicroTCA platforms (AMC.x); NICs for server, storage and data centers; networking protocol bridges; and single-chip enterprise, NAS, and home gateway designs.

"NC Express builds on our successful application-oriented and market- focused Platform ASIC strategy," said Christopher Moezzi, VP of marketing and business development for Faraday's International Business Unit. "Our differentiated approach in architecting Platform ASICs has enabled our ASSP customers to concentrate their design efforts on portions of the SoC where they add the most value, resulting in rapid portfolio expansion, faster time to market, and earlier ROI."

The FPGA EVB board for the NC Express is available today for customer evaluation, and Faraday is ready to accept customer Netlists for NC Express designs for samples in 2007. Unit volume pricing and NRE charges are available upon request.

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